I mean that literally. Let us give thanks to our Heavenly Father.
I know it is hard to do at this time, with so much seeming to go wrong in our country. With so much hanging over our collective heads. Unfathomable debt, ObamaCare being fully implemented, possible horrendous changes in Obama's administration, the so-called fiscal cliff, scandal rocked DC, suspected nationwide voter fraud, and the list of woes just goes on for what seems like forever.
But, most of us still have many blessings in our lives that we can count and then look to the Lord with gratitude for all He gives us. Most of us have friends, family, homes, jobs, talents, pets, or any number of things we cherish. Let us take some time this week before the Thanksgiving holiday to let the Lord know we appreciate these gifts and if you count people among your many blessings, let them know they are precious to you.
I will be taking next week off from writing a WoolyMammoth.Org posting. I will be spending time with some of my very precious blessings: my husband, one of our daughters, and two of our grandchildren. We will celebrate a favorite family holiday with food, family, and fun. We all adore Thanksgiving!
Come November it is all about the turkey! First buy one as big as can be found, then cook it in my grandmother's roasting pan, using the method taught to me by my father, adding the spice mixture made by my mother, and putting my own little personal twists gathered over the years since I made my first turkey dinner. I like that even the roasting of my turkey is sort of a combined family effort, as is a lot of my life. A little bit of things from over the years, the generations, and the places that are part of my past.
Kind of like most of our lives, families, traditions, and communities. We are a blending of our nature, nurture, past, present, aspirations, and trials. None of us truly stands apart. We all affect one another. We can help or hinder. It is our choice. And, those choices have consequences. As do elections.
Right now we are facing both choices and consequences. Many of the consequences of this past election are terrifying. But, we can choose how we will face the coming disasters. We can simply give up and hide from the realities of what is coming, or we can continue to fight in the ways available to minimize what damage is done.
I know we don't have a lot of options at this point, but we do still have each other and the freedom to express ourselves. So, let's make sure we talk amongst ourselves, tell others what is happening, spread the word through our communities, and let our government know what we think. Do it verbally and in writing. Call, text, email, tweet, snail mail, protests, letters to editors, whatever it takes! And, while we are on the topic of communication, may I suggest a whole lot of prayer?
But, perhaps, for this coming week, we can focus first on what is still good in our lives. We can go to church, join with family and friends, count our blessings, and remember what makes America great. We can thank God!
© Suzann C. Darnall, NOVEMBER 2012, San Marcos, Texas
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